Taos Haus affordable housing moves ahead

Matthew van Buren
Posted 3/12/13
A new project could bring two dozen affordable housing units to Taos by this summer. Grading and drainage work have begun on the site, off Paseo del Pueblo Sur near Cervantes Drive. Living Designs Group President Doug Patterson said the 24 …

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Taos Haus affordable housing moves ahead

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A new project could bring two dozen affordable housing units to Taos by this summer.

Grading and drainage work have begun on the site, off Paseo del Pueblo Sur near Cervantes Drive.

Living Designs Group President Doug Patterson said the 24 units, some single-story and some two-story, will be built in the coming months. “I bet we’re going to be finished late summer,” he said.

Patterson said the “Taos Haus” development is being built with the use of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding to provide low-income housing in Taos.

Developer Stephen Crozier did not return messages requesting comment prior to publication.

Patterson said Crozier has done other low-income housing developments in Taos and elsewhere in New Mexico.

“He’s got an eye for really contemporary, modern design and pulls off some incredibly nice buildings,” he said.

Taos town manager Oscar Rodríguez said he “absolutely” supports private developers’ efforts to bring more affordable housing units to Taos. “We are in a major housing deficit in Taos,” he said.

Taos County Chamber of Commerce chairman Brad Malone agreed, saying the housing crisis in Taos is expected to worsen over the coming years.

“It’s critical,” he said. “We’re really happy that Steve stepped up.”

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